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Day One “Inspiration” sessions: TUESDAY, JUNE 22

These sessions will present students with new ideas that they are unlikely to have encountered in the high school classroom. These are not software sessions. Instead, the sessions will present new ways of being a journalist or communicator in 2021 and provide lots of take-away examples that can motivate students when they return to school in the fall.

Inspiration sessions last 45 minutes each via Zoom.

"Inspiration" Session presenters

Eric Adler

Eric Adler

“Reporting and interviewing as art”

Finding the most extraordinary stories in ordinary people and places.

CLASS TIME: Tuesday, June 22, 2-2:45 p.m.

If you want to be a great reporter and writer, you need to find great stories. Where are they? Truth is they are everywhere and in everyone. The trick is knowing how to extract them. This session will give you the tools to find extraordinary stories no matter where you go, what assignment you’re given or, best of all, who you talk to. You’ll never lack a story idea ever again.


Eric Adler is an multi award-winning features and news reporter at The Kansas City Star with more than 35 years of experience. His proven talent is extracting the most extraordinary tales from what seem, on the surface, like the most ordinary circumstances or people. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Eric had taught at KU for 18 years in classes ranging from basic reporting, to multimedia reporting to ethics.

Genelle Belmas

Genelle Belmas

“Level Up: Introducing the Benefits of Gaming into Your Journalism”

CLASS TIME: Tuesday, June 22, 1-1:45 p.m.

Ever been deeply into Minecraft or Call of Duty and then suddenly realized that you’ve been playing for hours beyond what you intended? Lost a round of Words with Friends and immediately challenged your opponent again? Why? Games tap into fundamental human needs like accomplishment, collection, and completion in ways that other activities don’t. Learn about gamification, see some great examples, and brainstorm ways of infusing the spirit of gaming into your journalism to increase audience engagement, it’s a win-win.


Genelle Belmas agrees with Jane McGonigal that “we are starving, and our games are feeding us.” She teaches and researches in the sexiest of all areas, gamification and media law, and she’s always in search of ways to combine the two. Her other research interests include student speech and press regulation and protections for online communication. She also loves cats, yarn, MMORPGs, office supplies, and strong coffee.

Heather Lawrenz

Heather Lawrenz

“Gifs Galore”

CLASS TIME: Tuesday, June 22, 3-3:45 p.m.

Learn to make your own social media ready gifs in Photoshop. Create fun content to promote your publication and draw your audience in – or just make fun stuff for you!


Heather Lawrenz teaches graphic design, and is the senior digital media trainer at the KU School of Journalism. She runs the school’s JSchoolTech training programs (visit us at jschooltech.org). She is also an Adobe Education Leader and certified in Adobe visual design programs – Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.


 

Heather Lawrenz

Heather Lawrenz

“Illustrator Portraits”

CLASS TIME: Tuesday, June 22, 4-4:45 p.m.

Use illustrator to create two different portrait styles. Learn to develop (or find) your own graphic style.


Heather Lawrenz teaches graphic design, and is the senior digital media trainer at the KU School of Journalism. She runs the school’s JSchoolTech training programs (visit us at jschooltech.org). She is also an Adobe Education Leader and certified in Adobe visual design programs – Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.


 

Steve Rottinghaus

Steve Rottinghaus

“Cheers to Journalism Careers”

CLASS TIME: Tuesday, June 22, 11-11:45 a.m.

Explore hundreds of potential careers inspired by a background in journalism and how organizations adapted in the past year to provide internship and job opportunities to students and recent graduates.


Steve Rottinghaus is beginning his seventh year as the career and outreach coordinator at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He previously worked 20 years in newspapers, including 16 years in sports as a writer, editor and page designer, and was the public relations director for 10 years at Baker University with an emphasis on media relations, internal communications, alumni relations, crisis communications and social media.


 

Tuesday, June 22: "Inspiration" Sessions

Listen to some of the smartest people in media talk about the newest ideas in journalism, communication and publications

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